New GM suits up for ?Tour de CVC
By Toby Walker
A KEEN cyclist with more than 20 years experience in local government management has been appointed as the Clarence Valley Council's general manager.
Yesterday Mayor Ian Tiley announced councillors had unanimously voted for Stuart McPherson to fill the role as council's first general manager.
Mr McPherson, 58, was out cycling near his Tintenbar home when The Daily Examiner called him for an interview.
"I'm thrilled and I couldn't be happier with the feeling I'm getting from the council about its level of commitment and unity to deliver services to the wider community," he said.
Mr McPherson's experience as a general manager with councils in Lithgow and Ballina helped him beat out 34 other candidates to secure a five-year contract.
Cr Tiley said Mr McPherson faced huge challenges in developing policy and strategic plans for council as well as bedding down a new organisational structure for its 550 staff in the coming months.
He said Mr McPherson was the most suitable applicant for the job despite the fact he lived outside the Clarence Valley and had a limited knowledge of the area.
"There were to be no favourites, we had to go to the marketplace and get the best person for the position and that's what we've done," he said. "When you think in terms of the size of this council as the biggest employer in the Clarence Valley ... with a budget this year of $138 million, so with those considerations you've got to be fairly hard-nosed."
Mr McPherson said he and his wife had not decided where they would settle in the Valley. He is expected to commence duties on August 1.